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Posts from the ‘Architecture’ Category

Exploring the Commercial Landscape of Waterloo

While the majority of municipally listed and designated properties in Waterloo feature residential buildings, our city has fine examples of commercial buildings as well, many of which are located on King Street. In her book Waterloo Township through Two Centuries, Elizabeth Bloomfield noted King Street was the “axis of early settlement and economic activity”. Linking John Erb’s mills in Preston to Abraham Erb’s mills in Waterloo, King had been known as the Great Road and is now part of the commercial core in Uptown Waterloo. Read more

What makes up the Waterloo Vernacular residential architectural style?

Inspired by the City of Waterloo Museum’s fantastic exhibit on our different residential architectural styles in Waterloo, this next Foundations post will examine our very own vernacular architecture. But first, what does “vernacular” mean? Read more

The Hidden Gems of Waterloo: Our Residential Architecture

The City of Waterloo Museum’s current exhibit, At Home: Residential Architecture in Waterloo, highlights the neighbourhoods and architectural styles that are found in our city. Featured styles include Victory housing, Edwardian, Colonial Revival and Mid-Century Modern. Visitors to the Museum can interact with “please touch” materials that have been used in the construction of residential dwellings over time.

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A View to the Past: Views of the Seagram Lofts over time

An short history of the Seagram Lofts and how they came to form a focal point at the end of Willis Way in Uptown Waterloo

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Present & Future Heritage: The Quantum-Nano Centre

Contemporary heritage: Five years after its construction, the University of Waterloo's intriguing nano-technology building continues to both inspire and reflect the cutting edge research within.

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The Topsy-Turvy Streetscapes of Michele Braniff

Michele Braniff, Waterloo's artist in residence in 2016, captures the chaotic beauty of historic places, locally and worldwide. Read about her artwork and what inspires her.

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History in the Making: CIGI Campus

The first in a series about contemporary heritage: Take a tour of the CIGI building at 67 Erb Street West to learn why we think it deserves special recognition for both its architectural design and its sensitivity to its historic setting.

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Elizabeth Ziegler Public School, 1931

Waterloo's third public school, Elizabeth Ziegler P.S. was named after "Lizzie" Ziegler - Waterloo County's first female principal.

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Mid-Century Modern Era Home Receives Recognition

In a quiet Westmount neighbourhood, nestled between the Westmount Golf Course and the Economical Insurance Office on Westmount Road South, lays the heritage home of Mary and RJ Stadus.

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